4 strokes
open country
inside, within, between, among, house, home
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N3
44 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 内 【ナイ】 within ..., inside ...
  • 内科 【ナイカ】 internal medicine, department of internal medicine
  • 島内 【トウナイ】 on an island, on-island
  • 校内 【コウナイ】 within a school
  • 内裏 【ダイリ】 imperial palace, festival dolls representing the emperor and the empress
  • 内府 【ナイフ】 Minister of the Interior (669-1868), Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal (1885-1945)
  • 境内 【ケイダイ】 grounds (esp. of shrines and temples), compound, churchyard, precincts
  • 海内 【カイダイ】 the whole country

Kun reading compounds

  • 内 【うち】 inside, within, while (e.g. one is young), during, within (e.g. a day), in the course of, among, amongst, (out) of, between, in (secret, chaos, poverty, etc.), amidst, with (e.g. success), within oneself, one's feelings, inner thoughts, we, our company, our organization, one's home, one's family, my spouse, my husband, my wife, signed on behalf of (husband's name) by his wife, I, me, imperial palace grounds, emperor
  • 内々 【うちうち】 private, confidential, informal, secret, (within the) family circle, (on the) inside
  • 幕内 【まくうち】 makuuchi, top division (of professional sumo)
  • 幕の内 【まくのうち】 box lunch (containing rice and 10-15 small portions of fish, meat, and vegetables), makunouchi, makuuchi, top division (of professional sumo), intermission (between acts), interlude


Japanese names:
いと、 ただ、 ち、 のち
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
nae, nab


  • interior
  • dentro de
  • privado


  • interior
  • dentro
  • entre
  • dentre
  • casa


  • intérieur
  • dedans
  • entre
  • parmi
  • maison
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